Radical prostatectomy specimen processing: A critical appraisal of sampling methods

Ming Tse Sung, Darrell D. Davidson, Rodolfo Montironi, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Liang Cheng

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Radical prostatectomy gives the most accurate and detailed information available for determining prognosis and deciding about adjuvant therapy for prostate cancer. The consistency and reproducibility of observations from these specimens requires a standardised protocol for tissue fixation, sampling, embedding and processing. Although the publication of processing protocols in recent years has led to a convergence of opinions, differences still exist in methods of handling, sampling and processing specimens. In this review article, we incorporate the processing methods for radical prostatectomy addressed in the previous reports and propose a comprehensively standardised approach to evaluate radical prostatectomy specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-498
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Diagnostic Pathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Pathological staging
  • Processing protocol
  • Prostatic neoplasm
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Specimen-handling
  • Tissue procurement
  • Whole-mount method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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